Enjoying Strawberries

We enjoy strawberries for their beautiful red color and sweet, distinctive flavor. But strawberries are not just good to eat, they are good for you too. Strawberries are high in vitamin C, a good source of potassium, and a source of fiber. They are also rich in phytochemicals, which are recognized for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant health benefits. Here are some ideas on how to select and store strawberries to enjoy them at their best.

  • Choose bright red, fresh and clean strawberries with a sweet scent. Choose berries with green caps still attached.
  • Avoid shriveled, soft or bruised strawberries or those with dry, browning caps.
  • Avoid large, sticky or stained containers.
  • Strawberries do not continue to ripen and should be stored unwashed in the refrigerator, covered with plastic wrap.
  • Strawberries will keep 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator. Rinse gently just before using.

For more information on enjoying strawberries, see HGIC 3537, Strawberry Basics; HGIC 4255, Using & Storing Strawberries and HGIC 3200, Jelly & Jam Recipes. For information on growing strawberries, see HGIC 1405, Growing Strawberries.

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